insects

Taking a Bite Out of Stink Bugs

They fly, they crawl, they cluster and they might even eat some of your food. Chances are you’ve seen or smelled one crawling on your wall or on your shoulder. …

What’s Bugging You? A Biologist Battles Stink Bugs

They’re the house guests that refuse to leave, make a mess, and creep you out. Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) have been bugging NWF senior biologist Doug Inkley, Ph.D. for …

brown marmorated stink bug nymph

Stink Bugs, Stink Bugs Everywhere

The name says it all. Stink bugs. Some stink bugs species are native to North America and their populations are kept in check by their natural predators.   That’s no …

Getting Outside for Grandma

My maternal grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She was 92—born the same day the Allies beat back German forces in the Battle of Amiens during World War I. I had …

Praying mantis, photographed in Groton, Connecticut, by Kevin Skrzynski

Backyard Wildlife Photo of the Week: Praying Mantis

Ready for its close-up, this praying mantis looms large over a small crowd of blissfully unaware humans in the background. 17-year-old Kevin Skrzynski noticed the insect while on vacation in Connecticut.

NWF Takes a Closer, Creepy Look at “Climate Invaders!”

The National Wildlife Federation has released our latest report: They Came From Climate Change! This report highlights the species that will end up benefiting from climate change. However, these are …

National Wildlife Week: Thursday’s Tiny Treasures Think You’re The “Creepy” One

It’s National Wildlife Week, and we hope today’s post won’t make you too scared to look under that rock in your yard. There may be creepy crawlies (a.k.a invertebrates) living …

Urban gardeners

How to Experience Nature in the City in Seven Days

Nature in the city? Nothing, nada, zip. Or at least that’s the popular myth. The reality is abundant, quirky, intriguing, green (and pink, brown, gray, black, sleek, furred and feathered). The …

Wildlife Vampires – Part 3

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Oxpeckers and Vampire Finches There are several bird species that form symbiotic relationships with larger animals. …

Wildlife Vampires – Part 2

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Mosquitoes For mosquitoes, it’s the ladies who are the bloodsuckers. Both sexes feed on flower nectar …

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